Scott Co, Iowa USGenWeb Project

Descendants of Martin Raffensperger

Researched by Elaine Rathmann

Generation No. 1

 

1. MARTIN1 RAFFENSPERGER was born Abt. 1735.

Notes for MARTIN RAFFENSPERGER:

Possibly born in Prussia. Possibly settled in PA. First name possibly spelled Mardin.

 

Children of MARTIN RAFFENSPERGER are:

2. i. JOHN2 RAFFENSPERGER, b. Abt. 1755.

3. ii. PETER RAFFENSPERGER, b. Abt. 1785, Near Conewago Creek, York Co., PA.

 

Generation No. 2

 

2. JOHN2 RAFFENSPERGER (MARTIN1) was born Abt. 1755. He married CATHARINE.

 

Children of JOHN RAFFENSPERGER and CATHARINE are:

4. i. JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, b. August 02, 1782, York Co., PA; d. February 08, 1848, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

ii. CATHARINE RAFFENSPERGER, m. ? UPDEGRAFF.

iii. ELIZABETH RAFFENSPERGER, m. ? AUGHENBAUGH.

iv. JACOB RAFFENSPERGER.

v. MARY RAFFENSPERGER, m. UNKNOWN HART.

vi. PETER RAFFENSPERGER.

vii. SARAH RAFFENSPERGER, m. ? FEIGHNER.

 

3. PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER (MARTIN1) was born Abt. 1785 in Near Conewago Creek, York Co., PA. He married ?SNYDER. She was born 1791, and died 1884.

 

Children of PETER RAFFENSPERGER and ?SNYDER are:

i. HENRY3 RAFFENSPERGER, b. 1813, Franklin Co., PA; m. CATHERINE FREASE, April 21, 1861, Stark Co., OH; b. Abt. 1813, PA.

5. ii. JOHN RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. July 21, 1819, Near Cashtown, (possibly now Housum, Franklin Co.) PA; d. August 09, 1908, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

iii. PETER RAFFENSPERGER.

iv. WILLIAM RAFFENSPERGER.

v. GEORGE RAFFENSPERGER.

vi. CATHARINE RAFFENSPERGER.

vii. BETSY RAFFENSPERGER.

viii. SARAH RAFFENSPERGER.

ix. MARY RAFFENSPERGER.

 

Generation No. 3

 

4. JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER (JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born August 02, 1782 in York Co., PA, and died February 08, 1848 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. He married MARGARET SPAHR in York Co., Penn.. She was born December 24, 1779 in York Co., PA, and died October 01, 1849 in Canton, Stark Co., OH.

 

Children of JOHANNES RAFFENSPERGER and MARGARET SPAHR are:

6. i. WILHELM4 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. December 05, 1801, Adams Co., PA; d. January 09, 1840.

7. ii. CATHARINE RAFFENSPERGER, b. May 22, 1803.

8. iii. DANIEL RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. May 20, 1805, York Co., Pa; d. May 17, 1874, Davenport, Ohio?.

9. iv. JESSE RAFFENSPERGER, b. April 08, 1807, York Co., PA; d. August 03, 1849, Huntington, Indiana.

10. v. ENOS B RAFFENSPERGER, b. January 02, 1809, Navarre, Stark Co., OH; d. February 02, 1877, Navarre, Stark Co, Oh.

11. vi. ELIZABETH RAFFENSPERGER, b. March 03, 1811; d. December 01, 1859, Navarre, Stark Co, Oh.

12. vii. MARY RAFFENSPERGER, b. July 15, 1813; d. 1904.

13. viii. JOHN RAFFENSPERGER, b. May 22, 1816; d. November 16, 1885.

 

5. JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF (PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born July 21, 1819 in Near Cashtown, (possibly now Housum, Franklin Co.) PA, and died August 09, 1908 in Canton, Stark Co., OH.. He married ELIZABETH BAUGHEY December 23, 1841 in Mercersburg, Franklin Co., OH. She was born February 26, 1826 in (Munsersburg) possibly Mercersburg, PA, and died November 19, 1899.

Notes for JOHN RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF:

Cause of death: killed by a streetcar.

 

Children of JOHN RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF and ELIZABETH BAUGHEY are:

14. i. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON4 RAFF, b. December 18, 1842, Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA; d. March 08, 1931, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

ii. SALOME CATHERINE RAFF, b. July 13, 1845.

iii. LUCRETIA RAFF, b. 1846, Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA; m. PHILIP BASH, April 1866, Stark Co., OH; b. March 1845.

iv. FRANKLIN C. RAFF, b. May 10, 1848, Stark Co., OH; d. September 15, 1869.

15. v. JOHN P. JR. RAFF, b. March 1853, Stark Co., OH.

vi. MARY J. RAFF, b. Abt. 1855, Stark Co., OH; m. JOHN H. VAIL, December 23, 1875, Stark Co., OH.

vii. CELIA RAFF, b. 1859, Stark Co., OH; m. ORVILLE H. MCGIRR, December 24, 1879, Stark Co., OH.

viii. AMBROSE RAFF, b. October 20, 1862, Stark Co., OH; d. March 18, 1863.

ix. U.S.GRANT RAFF, b. September 06, 1864, Stark Co., OH; d. October 04, 1864, Stark Co., OH.

x. W.T.SHERMAN RAFF, b. September 06, 1864, Stark Co., OH; d. February 16, 1865, Stark Co., OH.

xi. OLIVE M. RAFF, b. 1866, Stark Co., OH; m. HARVEY B. MAXHIMER, June 30, 1887, Stark Co., OH.

16. xii. ETTA RAFF, b. April 06, 1870, Wilmot, Stark Co., OH; d. May 27, 1943, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

xiii. LILLA RAFF, b. April 06, 1870, Wilmot, Stark Co., OH; d. August 24, 1870, Wilmot, Stark Co., OH.

 

Generation No. 4

 

6. WILHELM4 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF (JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born December 05, 1801 in Adams Co., PA, and died January 09, 1840. He married MARY WERTZ 1823, daughter of CONRAD WERTZ and ANNA COOK. She was born October 30, 1798 in Franklin Co., PA, and died December 23, 1876.

Notes for WILHELM RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF:

Occupation: Blacksmith

 

Children of WILHELM RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF and MARY WERTZ are:

17. i. WILLIAM5 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

ii. DANIEL WEBSTER RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF.

iii. MARGARET RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF.

18. iv. AMANDA RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. Brookfield ?; d. December 23, 1876, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

v. JOHN RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF.

19. vi. GEORGE WASHINGTON RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. March 24, 1825, Tuscarawas Twp., Stark Co., Oh; d. April 1888, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

20. vii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, b. April 15, 1837, Navarre, Stark Co, Oh; d. March 16, 1880, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

 

7. CATHARINE4 RAFFENSPERGER (JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born May 22, 1803. She married GEORGE WERTZ in Franklin Co., Pa., son of CONRAD WERTZ and ANNA COOK.

 

Children of CATHARINE RAFFENSPERGER and GEORGE WERTZ are:

i. JEROME5 WERTZ.

ii. DANIEL WERTZ.

iii. JOHN WERTZ.

iv. MARY WERTZ.

v. MARGARET WERTZ, m. WILLIAM FISHER.

vi. ELIZA WERTZ.

vii. GEORGE WERTZ.

viii. AMANDA WERTZ.

21. ix. HARRIET WERTZ, b. January 05, 1833, Lancaster Co., Pa.; d. October 15, 1876, Zoarville, Tuscarawas Co., Oh.

 

8. DANIEL4 RAFF (JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born May 20, 1805 in York Co., Pa, and died May 17, 1874 in Davenport, Iowa. He married ELIZABETH BODENHEIMER March 20, 1831 in Canton, Ohio.

Notes for DANIEL RAFF:

Many of this generation of Raffenspergers legally shortened the name to Raff in 1850.

Occupation: Blacksmith, sheriff of Stark Co., Ohio.

Adopted Almon K Raff when Daniel's brother, Jesse, and sister in law died of cholera when Almon was seven yrs old.

 

Children of DANIEL RAFF and ELIZABETH BODENHEIMER are:

i. BELINDA5 RAFF, b. 1832; d. September 14, 1835.

ii. THOMAS RAFF, b. September 1836, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio; d. December 30, 1836, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

iii. EMMA C. RAFF, b. July 1847; d. August 02, 1848, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

iv. CHARLIE RAFF, d. Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

v. JOHN C. RAFF, b. Abt. 1830; d. March 28, 1853, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

vi. MARY RAFF, b. May 03, 1834; d. September 21, 1905.

22. vii. HENRY RAFF, b. December 09, 1837; d. September 21, 1873, Davenport, Iowa.

23. viii. REBECCA RAFF, b. 1840.

24. ix. FRANCES RAFF, b. June 18, 1843, Navarre, Stark Co, Oh; d. February 18, 1920, Davenport, IA.

x. WILLIAM BODENHEIMER RAFF, b. September 18, 1845; d. March 19, 1846, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

xi. GEORGE RAFF, b. Abt. 1849, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio; d. February 23, 1851.

 

9. JESSE4 RAFF (JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born April 08, 1807 in York Co., PA, and died August 03, 1849 in Huntington, Indiana. He married MARGARET DOUGHERTY June 04, 1829 in Canton, Ohio, daughter of BARNABAS DOUGHERTY. She was born Abt. 1809 in PA, and died July 1849 in Huntington, Indiana.

Notes for JESSE RAFF:

It is believed that it was after Jesse left Ohio or just prior to leaving that he shortened the family name to Raff. Although, the name was legally shortened to Raff in 1850.

Jesse and his wife died of Cholera enroute to Davenport from Ohio in 1849.

Notes for MARGARET DOUGHERTY:

Cause of death: Cholera

 

Children of JESSE RAFF and MARGARET DOUGHERTY are:

i. ELLIE5 RAFF, b. PA..

25. ii. ADELINE RAFF, b. October 12, 1830, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio; d. December 31, 1920, Goshen, Indiana.

iii. JOHN BARNEY RAff, b. April 01, 1835; d. January 30, 1900, Hiawatha, Ks; m. (1) ADELINE COLE, 1859, Davenport, IA; m. (2) EMILIE J KERRIGAN, Aft. 1859.

Notes for JOHN BARNEY RAFF:

Occupation: Head miller of the Hiawatha Steam Mills.

Lived in Davenport, Iowa, Atchison, Kansas.

26. iv. MARGARET ELIZABETH RAFF, b. September 29, 1837, Navarre, Stark Co, Oh; d. November 15, 1924, Huntington, In.

v. ETHELINDA RAFF, b. August 17, 1840, Stark Co., Ohio; d. August 05, 1912, Huntington, In.

27. vi. ALMON KEELER RAFF, b. March 04, 1842, Stark Co., OH; d. October 30, 1903, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

vii. SARAH RAFF, b. 1844; d. December 08, 1927; m. ORRIN WALTS.

28. viii. SARAH RAFF, b. November 10, 1844, Navarre, Stark Co, Oh; d. December 08, 1927, Goshen, Elkhart, In.

ix. ENOS ALFRED RAFF, d. Clarion, IA.

 

10. ENOS B4 RAFF (JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born January 02, 1809 in Navarre, Stark Co., OH, and died February 02, 1877 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh. He married (1) HOSANNA CHAPMAN January 02, 1833 in Stark Co., Oh. She was born 1810, and died 1893. He married (2) MARY E. WOLF January 16, 1868 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

Notes for ENOS B RAFF:

Occupation: Shoemaker

 

Child of ENOS RAFF and MARY WOLF is:

29. i. JAMES W.5 RAFFENSPERGER.

 

11. ELIZABETH4 RAFFENSPERGER (JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born March 03, 1811, and died December 01, 1859 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh. She married GEORGE HARTER December 16, 1847 in Navarre, Stark Co., Oh.

 

Children of ELIZABETH RAFF and GEORGE HARTER are:

i. HENRY5 HARTER.

ii. CHARLES EDWIN HARTER, b. December 14, 1848.

iii. GEORGE ALFRED HARTER, b. May 01, 1850.

iv. MARY CATHERINE HARTER, b. February 01, 1856.

 

12. MARY4 RAFF (JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born July 15, 1813, and died 1904. She married JOHN R. HAAS in Navarre, Stark Co., Oh. He was born in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh.

Notes for JOHN R. HAAS:

Occupation: Carpenter, cabinet maker

 

Children of MARY RAFF and JOHN HAAS are:

i. HENRIETTA5 HAAS, m. JOSHUA SMITH.

ii. LOUISA HAAS, m. CHAUNCEY SHOEMAKER.

iii. MARY HAAS, m. A. T. BARNES.

iv. WILLIAM HAAS.

v. ELLEN HAAS, m. SHELBY MYERS.

vi. MELANTHON HAAS.

vii. EMMA HAAS.

viii. ALICE HAAS.

 

13. JOHN4 RAFF (JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born May 22, 1816, and died November 16, 1885. He married CATHERINE SMITH March 20, 1846 in Navarre, Stark Co., Oh.

Notes for JOHN RAFF:

Occupation: Blacksmith, clerk

 

Children of JOHN RAFF and CATHERINE SMITH are:

i. EDWIN5 RAFF.

ii. FRANK RAFF.

iii. HOWARD RAFF.

iv. -- RAFF.

30. v. ELLIE RAFF.

vi. BENTON RAFF, b. Abt. April 1846.

 

14. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON4 RAFF (JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born December 18, 1842 in Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA, and died March 08, 1931 in Canton, Stark Co., OH.. He married REBECCA PERMLIA COTTON May 26, 1876 in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas Co., OH. She was born October 06, 1853 in Near Winfield, Tuscarawas Co., OH, and died February 1930.

 

Children of WILLIAM RAFF and REBECCA COTTON are:

i. OTHELLO5 RAFF, b. July 31, 1878, Sugarcreek, Tuscawaras Co., OH; d. September 20, 1878, Sugarcreek, Tuscawaras Co., OH.

ii. BEULAH EVE RAFF, b. September 01, 1880; m. GEORGE HADOWAY, April 06, 1900.

31. iii. VERGIE MADGE RAFF, b. June 29, 1884, Beach City, Stark Co., OH; d. February 12, 1939.

iv. EFFIE ADELIA RAFF, b. June 28, 1889, Beach City, Stark Co., OH; m. GEORGE HAROLD, August 10, 1907.

v. NORWOOD WILKER RAFF, b. November 03, 1893, Beach City, Stark Co., OH.

vi. JUANITA MARIE RAFF, b. July 04, 1895, Beach City, Stark Co., OH; m. JOSEPH C. LEWIS, September 30, 1913.

 

15. JOHN P. JR.4 RAFF (JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born March 1853 in Stark Co., OH. He married AGNES CRISE March 30, 1876. She was born Abt. 1855.

 

Children of JOHN RAFF and AGNES CRISE are:

i. WILLIAM H.5 RAFF, b. March 1878.

ii. DAVIS RAFF, b. December 1879, Stark Co., OH.

iii. JAMES B. RAFF, b. 1884.

 

16. ETTA4 RAFF (JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born April 06, 1870 in Wilmot, Stark Co., OH, and died May 27, 1943 in Canton, Stark Co., OH.. She married JOHN M. PARKS March 05, 1895 in Canton, Stark Co., OH. He was born October 11, 1869 in Akron, Summit Co., OH, and died April 21, 1920 in Canton, Stark Co., OH..

 

Children of ETTA RAFF and JOHN PARKS are:

32. i. LARRY A.5 PARKS, b. May 02, 1900, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. July 1973, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH.

ii. CHARLES O. PARKS, b. May 02, 1902, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. March 28, 1955, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

33. iii. CHANDOS PARKS, b. August 14, 1904, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. March 28, 1955, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

iv. OLLIE K. PARKS, b. January 27, 1905, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. January 1984, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH; m. FLOYD E. BROOKER; b. January 27, 1905; d. June 1977, Livonia, Wayne Co., MI.

 

Generation No. 5

 

17. WILLIAM5 RAFF (WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. He married MIRANDA MANNING in Huntington , Il or In.

 

Children of WILLIAM RAFF and MIRANDA MANNING are:

i. ADA MAY6 RAFF.

ii. JENNIE RAFF.

iii. FANNY RAFF.

 

18. AMANDA5 RAFF (WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born in Brookfield ?, and died December 23, 1876 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. She married JOSEPH REED 1858 in Florence, Ne..

 

Children of AMANDA RAFF and JOSEPH REED are:

i. CHARLES6 REED.

ii. JOHN REED.

iii. WILLIAM REED.

iv. EMMA REED.

 

19. GEORGE WASHINGTON5 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF (WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born March 24, 1825 in Tuscarawas Twp., Stark Co., Oh, and died April 1888 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. He married BELINDA J SCHNEIDER December 18, 1855 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

 

Children of GEORGE RAFF and BELINDA SCHNEIDER are:

i. NORMAN CHARLES6 RAFF, b. January 29, 1857.

ii. EDWARD SCHNEIDER RAFF, b. November 17, 1858.

 

20. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN5 RAFF (WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born April 15, 1837 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh, and died March 16, 1880 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. He married ELIZABETH ANN DAVIS December 25, 1865 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

 

Children of BENJAMIN RAFF and ELIZABETH DAVIS are:

i. CLARA MABEL6 RAFF.

ii. HOWARD LEE RAFF.

34. iii. HELEN MAY RAFF, b. January 18, 1879; d. 1958.

35. iv. HERBERT DAVIS RAFF, b. February 24, 1871, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.

36. v. RAYMOND MELVILLE RAFF, b. September 25, 1874; d. December 26, 1942.

 

21. HARRIET5 WERTZ (CATHARINE4 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born January 05, 1833 in Lancaster Co., Pa., and died October 15, 1876 in Zoarville, Tuscarawas Co., Oh. She married WORTHINGTON SLUTZ.

 

Child of HARRIET WERTZ and WORTHINGTON SLUTZ is:

37. i. GRANT GEORGE6 SLUTZ, b. May 28, 1868, Indiana; d. January 26, 1899, Mineral City, Ohio.

 

22. HENRY5 RAFF (DANIEL4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born December 09, 1837, and died September 21, 1873 in Davenport, Iowa. He married LAURA RICE in Tiffin, Ohio.

Notes for HENRY RAFF:

Cause of death: cholera

 

Children of HENRY RAFF and LAURA RICE are:

i. NETTIE6 RAFF, m. JOHN DILLON JORDAN.

38. ii. LIDA RAFF.

iii. MARY FRANCIS RAFF, m. C.C. WAINWRIGHT.

 

23. REBECCA5 RAFF (DANIEL4 RAFF, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born 1840. She married C.C. COCK in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. He was born in Canton, Stark Co., OH.

Notes for C.C. COCK:

C. C. was a 4th Ward alderman in Davenport, Iowa in 1872 and1873. First "C" stands for Charlie, according to notes Edith Raff wrote.

 

Children of REBECCA RAFF and C.C. COCK are:

i. GEORGIE6 COCK.

ii. CARROLL COCK.

iii. FRANK RAFF COCK, m. LOUISE TEALE.

iv. BESSIE COCK.

 

24. FRANCES5 RAFF (DANIEL4 RAFF, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born June 18, 1843 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh, and died February 18, 1920 in Davenport, IA. She married MONROE EBI December 25, 1866 in Davenport, Iowa, son of LEVI EBI and SUSAN. He was born January 16, 1842 in Canton, Stark Co., OH, and died June 30, 1916 in Davenport, IA.

Notes for FRANCES RAFF:

February 18, 1920

Davenport Newspaper

Ebi

At 7 o’clock last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Snider, No. 5 Walling Court, occurred the death of Mrs. Frances M. Ebi, widow of the late Monroe Ebi. Death terminated a six weeks’ illness of heart trouble.

The deceased was well and favorably known in this community and leaves many friends to mourn her demise. Her maiden name was Frances Raff. She was born at Canton, Ohio, June 18, 1843, and moved to Davenport with her parents in 1864. With the exception of two years spent at Eddyville and Cedar Rapids immediately following her marriage to Monroe Ebi on Dec. 25, 1866, this city has been her home. Mr. Ebi died June 30, 1916. Mrs. Ebi was a member of the Edwards Congregational church for nearly 50 years. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. E. Snider, a son A. R. Ebi of Moline, and three grandchildren, Kenneth A. Ebi and Herbert Snider and Elizabeth Snider. A sister, Mrs. Rebecca Raff Cock, resides in Cedar Rapids.

 

Notes for MONROE EBI:

Wounded in 1862 in Battle of Lovejoy Station in the Civil War. Shot in the arm. Served three years.

 

Children of FRANCES RAFF and MONROE EBI are:

39. i. HELEN ELIZABETH6 EBI.

40. ii. ALBERT RAFF EBI.

 

25. ADELINE5 RAFF (JESSE4, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born October 12, 1830 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio, and died December 31, 1920 in Goshen, Indiana. She married POWELL G. SMITH April 17, 1872. He was born October 12, 1830 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio, and died March 27, 1880 in Kosciusko, In.

 

Children of ADELINE RAFF and POWELL SMITH are:

i. MARGARET E6 RAFF.

41. ii. LULU SMITH, b. June 1873; d. February 27, 1952.

 

26. MARGARET ELIZABETH5 RAFF (JESSE4, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born September 29, 1837 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh, and died November 15, 1924 in Huntington, In. She married DOCTOR FRANKLIN DAVID ALLMAN February 1854 in Stark Co., Oh. He was born 1829 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh, and died November 1924 in Stark Co., Ohio.

Notes for DOCTOR FRANKLIN DAVID ALLMAN:

According to Barbara Young and other descendents, "Doctor" was a given name, not a title.

 

Children of MARGARET RAFF and DOCTOR ALLMAN are:

i. BESSIE6 ALLMAN, b. November 08, 1870; d. May 17, 1936, Huntington, IN; m. ROBERT M. BERRY, December 06, 1911.

ii. IDA V. ALLMAN, m. ? REED.

iii. ADDIE ALLMAN, m. J.D. COX.

iv. CLARA ALLMAN.

v. VIRGINIA ALLMAN.

vi. FRANK ALLMAN.

 

27. ALMON KEELER5 RAFF (JESSE4 RAFF, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born March 04, 1842 in Stark Co., OH, and died October 30, 1903 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. He married ELLA WORTHINGTON SANDERS May 25, 1871 in Davenport, IA, daughter of ALFRED SANDERS and MARIE SANFORD. She was born December 22, 1849 in Davenport, Scott Co., IA, and died January 12, 1918 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

Notes for ALMON KEELER RAFF:

The following is what my grandmother Edith Raff wrote in the 1930's about her father, Almon:

Almon Keeler Raff was one of seven children living in Canton Ohio. Their father and mother died of cholera when A. K. Raff was seven years of age. His brothers were Alf and Barney. His sisters were Ethalinda, Margaret, Rose and Polly House. [I don't if she was confused about these last two sisters or if they were adopted by a different family.]*

These children were adopted by their relatives. A. K. Raff was adopted by Uncle Daniel and Aunt Elizabeth (called Grandma and Grandpa Raff.)

Uncle Daniel and Aunt Elizabeth had four children of their own, Francis, Mary, Rebecca and Henry.

Francis married Monroe Ebi and Becky married Charlie Cock. Henry married Laura and they had three daughters, May, Lida and Nettie. Mary was a Latin teacher and coach in Davenport. She taught Latin and Algebra during the summer months to prepare students for college. Mary looked after Grandma Raff until her death in 1894.

Uncle Daniel's family moved to Davenport Iowa at the close of the Civil War.

Uncle Monroe [Ebi] and Aunt Frank [nickname for Francis]* had two children--Helen Elizabeth Ebi and Albert Raff Ebi. Helen married Earl Snider and they had 2 children--Elizabeth and William Herbert.

Elizabeth married Elwyn Simmons and Herbert did not marry.

Elizabeth had two children--Susan and John.

Lida Raff married John Jordan and they had Marie. Marie had one son, Philip Messenger.

* Brackets are my own comments.

Almon K. Raff, with many other Ohio Raffenspergers legally shortened the name to Raff .

During the Civil War he joined the 19th Ohio Infantry and rose to the rank of Captain by the end of the war. According to the Ohio Historical Society, some of the battles he fought in were: Shiloh, Tenn., (April 6-7, 1862), Corinth, Miss.,(May 30, 1862),Stones River, Tenn. (Dec. 31, 1862, Jan.1-2, 1863), Chickamauga, Ga. (Sept 19-20, 1863), Mission Ridge, Tenn. (Nov. 25,1863), Kenesaw Mountain, Ga. (June 9-30, 1864), Atlanta Ga. (July 22, 1864), Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 1-16, 1864). This information from the "Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866".

I believe that his Aunt Elizabeth, Uncle Daniel and the family moved to Davenport before the Civil War's end, because in a letter from Almon to Frank (Frances) dated 1864, he complains that he hasn't heard from "Auntie" and wonders why it takes the mail so long to reach him from Iowa.

A small stone near his grave is engraved with the letters "ESR".

A. K. Raff--bill for funeral, found in my Grandma's effects.

The letterhead reads:

Davenport, Iowa,

M. V. Boies Company

Funeral Directors

Merton E. Bowling, Manager

No. 348 Perry Street

Hearse-------$10.00

4 Carriages--$10.00

Pall Bearers Coach-$5.00

Pall Bearers Gloves--$1.50

Grave & Lining--$8.00

Wagon Work & Services--$15.00

Paid cash--$55.00

The total should have been $49.50. G grandma either overpaid, or a nice tip was included.

We know Almon and Ella moved from Davenport to Muscatine between Nellie's birth in 1872 in Davenport and Fred's birth in 1877 in Muscatine.

 

Notes for ELLA WORTHINGTON SANDERS:

Ella Sanders Raff was a prominent citizen of Muscatine, Iowa. The following obituary was taken from a Muscatine newspaper dated January 12, 1918.

MRS. E.S. RAFF DIES IN NIGHT

Well known resident of City Passes Away

 

Was Active in Church and social circles of

City for Years----Funeral Services on Monday

One of Muscatine's prominent church and social workers, Mrs. Ella Sanders Raff, succumbed to a brief illness at her home, 509 Sycamore street, at mid-night last evening. Mrs. Raff had been ill less than one week. She was in her usual good health early Monday morning, January 7, but about 8 o'clock became unconscious and since then has never rallied.

Ella Sanders, was born in Davenport, December 22, 1849, and came to Muscatine in 1871, just after her marriage to Captain A. K. Raff, who was then engaged in the implement business here. Muscatine has been her home continuously since that time and on all occasions was interested in its welfare and improvements. She was an active member of the local First Baptist church, and one of the leaders in the work of the local Young Women's Christian Association, of which she was a board member.

Mrs. Raff is survived by two sisters, Miss Julia Sanders of Muscatine, and Mrs. Carrie Gould of San Diego, California, one son, Fred S. Raff of Chicago, and one daughter, Miss Edith Raff, at home. One daughter, Nellie, preceded her in death, also her husband who passed away October 30, 1903.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist church Monday at 1 o'clock, the Rev. J. W. Graves to be in charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Oakdale cemetery at Davenport.

 

Children of ALMON RAFF and ELLA SANDERS are:

42. i. MARYEDITH6 RAFF, b. November 17, 1883, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA; d. December 17, 1968, Davenport, Scott Co., IA.

ii. NELLIE ANTOINETTE RAFF, b. August 28, 1872, Davenport, IA; d. February 08, 1894, Muscatine, IA.

iii. ALFRED (FRED) SANDERS RAFF, b. April 23, 1877, Muscatine, IA; d. 1935.

Notes for ALFRED (FRED) SANDERS RAFF:

His funeral bill (found in Mary Edith Raff's effects) was from Edward C. Jana, Funeral Director and Embalmer, 1758 West 51st Street, Chicago, Ill. dated May 7, 1938. Josephine Sanders paid for the funeral.

 

28. SARAH5 RAFF (JESSE4, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born November 10, 1844 in Navarre, Stark Co, Oh, and died December 08, 1927 in Goshen, Elkhart, In. She married ORRIN WATTS January 20, 1863 in Leesburg, In. He was born May 05, 1841 in Millford, In, and died January 1919 in Goshen, Elkhart, In.

 

Children of SARAH RAFF and ORRIN WATTS are:

i. BESSIE6 WATTS.

ii. MRS. E. W. DAVIS ( WATTS).

iii. CHARLES D. WATTS.

 

29. JAMES W.5 RAFF (ENOS B4, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) He married MARY WRIGHT.

 

Children of JAMES RAFF and MARY WRIGHT are:

i. ENOS6 RAFF.

ii. REBECCA RAFF.

iii. DANIEL RAFF.

iv. ROSE RAFF.

v. WILLIAM RAFF.

vi. MAMIE RAFF.

 

30. ELLIE5 RAFF (JOHN4 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) She married THOMAS C.?.

 

Children of ELLIE RAFF and THOMAS C.? are:

i. HOWARD6 ?.

ii. HELEN ?.

 

31. VERGIE MADGE5 RAFF (WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON4, JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born June 29, 1884 in Beach City, Stark Co., OH, and died February 12, 1939. She married PRESLEY SHERMAN CAMPBELL December 14, 1902. He was born December 19, 1871, and died December 07, 1948.

 

Children of VERGIE RAFF and PRESLEY CAMPBELL are:

43. i. PRESLEY SHERMAN JR.6 CAMPBELL, b. November 03, 1910, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

44. ii. LILLIAN STUART CAMPBELL, b. Abt. 1903.

iii. GERTRUDE FARNSWORTH CAMPBELL, b. Abt. 1906; m. (1) HAROLD MORLAND; m. (2) PAUL CRAWFORD.

Notes for GERTRUDE FARNSWORTH CAMPBELL:

Gertrude had no children.

iv. VIRGINIA CAMPBELL, b. Abt. 1915, Abt 1916.

45. v. KATHERINE CAMPBELL, b. Abt. 1920.

 

32. LARRY A.5 PARKS (ETTA4 RAFF, JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER, PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born May 02, 1900 in Canton, Stark Co., OH., and died July 1973 in Columbus, Franklin Co., OH. He married EDNA WEIMER October 25, 1921. She was born January 01, 1902.

 

Children of LARRY PARKS and EDNA WEIMER are:

i. JOHN6 PARKS, b. April 19, 1922.

ii. RICHARD PARKS.

 

33. CHANDOS5 PARKS (ETTA4 RAFF, JOHN3 RAFFENSPERGER, PETER2 RAFFENSPERGER, MARTIN1) was born August 14, 1904 in Canton, Stark Co., OH., and died March 28, 1955 in Canton, Stark Co., OH.. He married MARGARET BURRIS 1927. She was born April 28, 1910 in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas Co., OH, and died October 11, 1989 in Canton, Stark Co., OH..

 

Children of CHANDOS PARKS and MARGARET BURRIS are:

46. i. SAMUEL6 PARKS, b. November 14, 1927, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. June 26, 1999, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

47. ii. THOMAS ELROY PARKS, b. February 22, 1933, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. August 19, 1997, West Palm Beach, FL.

48. iii. JOHN DENNIS PARKS, b. October 12, 1942, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. August 19, 1997, Canton, Stark Co., OH..

 

Generation No. 6

 

34. HELEN MAY6 RAFF (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN5 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born January 18, 1879, and died 1958. She married HARRY FENTON EVANS June 14, 1905. He died 1939.

 

Child of HELEN RAFF and HARRY EVANS is:

i. EARL7 EVANS, b. April 13, 1906, Canton, Stark Co., OH.; d. January 05, 1965; m. DOROTHY VIVIAN DUFF; b. September 19, 1913; d. April 29, 1999.

 

35. HERBERT DAVIS6 RAFF (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN5 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born February 24, 1871 in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. He married EDNA COX.

 

Children of HERBERT RAFF and EDNA COX are:

i. RICHARD DAVIS7 RAFF.

ii. CATHERINE E. RAFF.

 

36. RAYMOND MELVILLE6 RAFF (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN5 RAFFENSPERGER/RAFF, WILHELM4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born September 25, 1874, and died December 26, 1942. He married GERTRUDE ELIZA HURST January 20, 1904 in Stark Co., OH. She was born August 03, 1874, and died February 20, 1959.

 

Children of RAYMOND RAFF and GERTRUDE HURST are:

i. EDWARD HURST7 RAFF, SR., b. January 20, 1907, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio; d. April 1962, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio; m. DOROTHY ROSE ENDRISS; b. May 16, 1909; d. January 25, 1998.

ii. VIRGINIA RAFF, m. PALMER JEPSON.

 

37. GRANT GEORGE6 SLUTZ (HARRIET5 WERTZ, CATHARINE4 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born May 28, 1868 in Indiana, and died January 26, 1899 in Mineral City, Ohio. He married ELIZABETH ANN JONES.

 

Child of GRANT SLUTZ and ELIZABETH JONES is:

i. LAURA ESTER7 SLUTZ, b. August 23, 1898, Mineral City, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio; d. January 12, 1990, Dover, Ohio; m. WILLIAM KENNETH WEAVER, May 30, 1917, Mineral City, Tuscarawas Co., OH; b. April 30, 1896, Mineral City, Tuscarawas Co., OH; d. May 07, 1977, Mineral City, Tuscarawas Co., OH.

 

38. LIDA6 RAFF (HENRY5 RAFF, DANIEL4, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) She married JOHN JORDAN.

 

Child of LIDA RAFF and JOHN JORDAN is:

i. MARIE7 JORDAN, m. UNKNOWN MESSENGER.

 

39. HELEN ELIZABETH6 EBI (FRANCES5 RAFF, DANIEL4 RAFF, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) She married WILLIAM EARL SNIDER.

 

Children of HELEN EBI and WILLIAM SNIDER are:

i. WILLIAM HERBERT7 SNIDER.

ii. ELIZABETH SNIDER, m. ELWYN SIMMONS.

 

40. ALBERT RAFF6 EBI (FRANCES5 RAFF, DANIEL4 RAFF, JOHANNES3 RAFFENSPERGER, JOHN2, MARTIN1) He married GRACE ADE.

 

Child of ALBERT EBI and GRACE ADE is:

i. KENNETH7 EBI.

 

41. LULU6 SMITH (ADELINE5, JESSE4, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born June 1873, and died February 27, 1952. She married FREDERICK WIDNER. He was born January 1870, and died August 10, 1941.

 

Children of LULU SMITH and FREDERICK WIDNER are:

i. JOHN W.7 WIDNER, b. January 1899.

ii. POWELL HAYDEN WIDNER.

 

42. MARY EDITH6 RAFF (ALMON KEELER5, JESSE4, JOHANNES3, JOHN2, MARTIN1) was born November 17, 1883 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, and died December 17, 1968 in Davenport, Scott Co., IA. She married CORNELIUS MARION BELL August 27, 1919 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., Iowa, son of WILLIAM BELL and MARIAH BELL. He was born March 23, 1863 in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., MO, and died January 01, 1946 in Davenport, Scott Co., IA.

Notes for MARY EDITH RAFF:

Mary went by her middle name, Edith. She was a school teacher in Muscatine for many years and became one of the first female principals in the Muscatine Schools. While going through Edith's letters and photos, I found two letters that indicate that Edith was married to C.M. in an elopement-style manner. At least her good friend Mabel and her cousin, Frank and aunt, Jo had no idea it had happened until after the fact.

Notes for CORNELIUS MARION BELL:

Cornelius was supposedly a sheriff in "LaGrange" county Missouri from Abt. 1893-1895. Although there is no LaGrange Co., there is a town called La Grange in Lewis Co. which is next door to Shelby Co., where C.M. was born. CM owned and operated a burial vault business in Muscatine Iowa for many years. He supposedly invented the concrete burial vault, but neglected to get a patent for it, thereby losing the Bell family fortune before it was made.

Cornelius first married Tennie Phillips in Missouri. I believe they had four children. Ruby, Earl, Ernest and Elmer. Tennie died in 1894, and he decided to raise the children from that union before remarrying, which he did. Ruby married William Petersen and they farmed near Muscatine Iowa for many years before retiring to Muscatine. Elmer married Lina ? and they lived in Rock Island, Il. Earl married Caddy Ribble. They lived in Cedar Rapids, IA., and then CA. I don't know about Ernest.

My grandmother, (Mary) Edith Raff, married C.M. Bell in 1919 in Muscatine.

The following obituary was taken from the Davenport newspaper:

 

Cornelius M. Bell, who was formerly connected with the Hildebrand Vault Co., died at 3:15 P.M. Tuesday at his home 2313 1/2 Eastern Avenue, following a short illness. Mr. Bell was born March 23, 1863 in Shelby county, Mo., and received his education in the schools there. His first wife, Tennie Phillips, to whom he was married in 1884, died in 1890. There were five children by his first marriage. ( I believe this number was wrong, unless there was a baby we don't know about) He was married in July 1919, to Edith Raff in Muscatine, and to this marriage one daughter was born. He had resided in Muscatine for some time before coming to Davenport 12 years ago. He was a member Calvary Baptist church.

Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. William Peterson of Muscatine and Mrs. James Hanson of Davenport; three sons, Elmer Bell of Rock Island, Earl Bell of Palo Alto, Calif., and Ernest Bell of Long Beach Calif.; four sisters, four Brothers and six grandchildren.

The body was removed to Hill & Fredericks mortuary and services will be held in the chapel at 1:30 P.M. Friday. Burial will be in Oak Dale cemetery.

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Note: according to Cornelius' obituary, all his siblings were alive in 1946.

1880 Census from Marilyn Philips. Response to my Bell query on Shelby Co., MO., RootsWeb Board.

Rec’d 9/27/01.

Census Place: Jackson, Shelby, Missouri, 1880

Source: FHL Film 1254737 National Archives Film T9-0737 Page 398D

Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

Wm. H. BELL Self M M W 50 KY

Occ: Farmer Fa: TN Mo: KY

Maria BELL Wife F M W 41 MO

Occ: Keeping House Fa: VA Mo: KY

Susan BELL Dau F S W 20 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Cornelus BELL Son M S W 17 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Arinda BELL Dau F S W 16 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Samuel BELL Son M S W 13 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Emmett BELL Son M S W 7 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Idella BELL Dau F S W 6 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Lewis BELL Son M S W 5 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Leona BELL Dau F S W 3 MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Frank BELL Son M S W 4M MO

Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY

Found a mystery in a book of my grandma's (Edith). In her handwriting at the back of the book, she has written "Cornelius MADISON Bell."

Marriage Notes for MARY EDITH RAFF and CORNELIUS BELL:

This was C M Bell's second marriage. His first wife was Tennie Phillips Bell. From this union came four children, Ruby, Elmer, Caddie? and ? These children were born in Muscatine, Iowa , I believe.

 

MARY EDITH RAFF and CORNELIUS BELL had one child.