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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 246


SILAS TEDROW, farmer, Athens Township, is among the oldest and most worthy pioneers of the township. He was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1827, son of Joseph and Barbara (GEIST) TEDROW, who were the parents of five children - Silas, Aaron, Susan, Joseph, and Freeman. His early life was spent in assisting on the farm and receiving his education from the common schools. When eleven years of age his parents removed to Athens County, Ohio. Arriving at the age of manhood, he was united in marriage, October 15, 1846 [Athens County, Ohio] with Miss Hannah Marriah BROWNALD, born in Genesee County, New York. Her parents died when she was quite young, and she was taken to Ohio, where she was reared to maturity.

In the fall of 1854, Mr. TEDROW, with wife and three children, removed to Iowa, coming by team. They were twenty-seven days on the road. The first winter was spent in Jones County, and May 10, 1855, he entered 120 acres of Government land in Athens Township, which was the first prairie Government land entered in the township. His first house was a log cabin, 12 x 14. The secon house was of hewed logs. Boards were not to be obtained in the county. He went eighty miles to mill, and salt was sold at seven cents per pount. Mount Ayr was unknown. Mr. TEDROW has made improvements upon his farm as fast as his means would permit until it is in its present condition. It contains 490 acres of as good land as can be found in Athens Township. He has a good one-and-a-half-story residence, with modern improvements and well furnished; also a commodious barn, frame shed with shingled roof, loft for hay, 12 x 112. He has an orchard of five acres, containing thrity-five varieties of apples, and a native grove of maples. He is engaged in stock-raising and feeding. he has a large pond stocked with fish, and a hydrant for the same. He also has a large amount of Osage orange and willow hedges.

Mr. and Mrs. TEDROW have seven children - Jane, J. W., Susan H., Lucy Serena, Rose, Wilbur and Grant. The deceased are Hattie, Joseph, Sarah Ann and Millard.

Politically Mr. TEDROW is a Republican. He assisted in the organization of his township, and through his influence it was called Athens. He has served as county supervisor, township clerk, justice of the peace, and township trustee. He has been a worthy and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church since 1852, and has served as class-leader and steward. By fair and honest dealing he has won the confidence and respect of all who know him. Postoffice, Kellerton.

NOTE: Silas' father Joseph TEDROW was born July 28, 1799, York, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and died October 28, 1839, Athens County, Ohio. He married Silas' mother Mary Ann GEIST on October 17, 1824 in Pennsylvania. Mary Ann (GEIST) TEDROW was born January 24, 1805, Somerset [now Fayette] County, Pennsylvania, and died in April of 1844, Athens County, Ohio.

Silas TEDROW died November 17, 1889. Hannah M. (BROWNALD) TEDROW was died July 10, 1901. Silas and Hannah were interred at Tedrow Cemetery near Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa.

1) Harriet Elizabeth "Hattie" TEDROW, born 30 Jul 1847; died 26 Dec 1867, interred Tedrow Cemetery, Kellerton IA
2) Sarah Ann TEDROW, born 30 Jun 1849, Athens Co. OH; died 28 Aug 1849, Athens Co. OH
3) Louisa "Jane" TEDROW, born 10 Nov 1850, Athens Co. OH; died 06 Mar 1911
    married 1st 19 May 1867 Thomas JOHNSON; married 2nd J. W. FULLER
4) Josph Aaron TEDROW, born 23 Nov 1852; died 10 Mar 1858, interred Tedrow Cemetery, Kellerton IA
5) James Wallace TEDROW, born 15 Jan 1856; died 1947, interment Tedrow Cemetery, Kellerton IA
    married 15 Sep 1878 Sarah A. WAGGONER (1852-1929), interred Tedrow Cemetery
6) Susannah H. "Susan" TEDROW, born 25 1858; interment Tedrow Cemetery, Kellerton IA
    married 15 Sep 1878 Henry M. WAGGONER (1856-1932)
7) Lucy Serena TEDROW, born 21 Aug 1861; died 18 Oct 1950, Denver CO
    married 15 Feb 1878 George C. DOWNER
    Child: Emery DOWNER, died at 5 months, 26 days, 26 Sep 1880, inter Tedrow Cem.
8) Rose Etta Marie TEDROW, born Sep 1863, died Feb 1908, interment Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton IA
    married James M. WOOLUMS (1853- ?)
9) Silas "Wilbur" TEDROW, born 10 Apr 1866
    married Lizzie GILMORE
10 Grant TEDROW, born 01 Jul 1868; died 1934, interment Tedrow Cemetery, Kellerton IA
    married 27 Apr 1880 Alice L. GILMORE (1868-1944), interred Tedrow Cemetery
11) Millard TEDROW, born 06 Mar 1873; died 10 May 1873, interred Tedrow Cemetery, Kellerton IA

See The TEDROW FAMILY page, submitted by Mark Higday, 2008.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 246, 1887.

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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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